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Try Eating Only These Gluten Free Foods For A Week and You May Find Your Long-Term Discomfort Disappears.

Try Eating Only These Gluten Free Foods For A Week and You May Find Your Long-Term Discomfort Disappears.

Memories of a lifetime are made from cereal bars, bagel breakfasts and whole wheat bread sandwiches. Relishing pasta dishes leave many salivating in a notion of the perfect meal plan. So you learn how to mix, knead, and fold away munching on plain rye ‘air sandwiches’. The love for bread becomes an unparalleled understatement. Then the maladies begin….

You start feeling bloated. There are bouts of diarrhea and constipation. You are always just tired. You feel dizzy and off balance. Hormonal issues arise with unexplained infertility, PMS and all the rest. You have migraine headaches. Swelling, pain and inflammation begins in your fingers, hips or knee joints. And to top it all, you are constantly filled with anxiety and depression.

A whole list of possibilities [1]are laid out for what it could be and may be.

To make things worse, the above symptoms are usually couple with diagnosis of autoimmune diseases [2] such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Ulcerative Colitis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Multiple sclerosis or Scleroderma.

And the doctor merely dismisses most issues to be “just stress”

The Truth Unveiled – Gluten Intolerance

You set off on an obsessive quest, researching and experimenting all health solutions. Yoga, acupuncture, veganism, apple cider vinegar! And all are to no avail!

You never assume that the main culprit to be wheat until you get the chicken skin on the back of your arms [3] (Keratosis Pilaris) . You are told that is usually fatty acids and Vitamin A deficiency which is secondary to gluten damaging the gut with mal-absorption.

And then guess what? You realize you are gluten intolerant. No more bread pudding? How can this be? Wheat is such a deeply ingrained part of everyday existence!

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What Actually Happened to Patients with Gluten Intolerance

Gluten intolerance is when the body cannot break down or digest gluten protein that is found in grains like wheat. Gluten sensitivity ranges from mild cases to extreme Celiac disease [4] . This severe condition is caused by gluten consumption leading to small intestine damage. Studies [5] indicate  that even if the test for Celiac is negative; gluten sensitivity is a possible case. Gluten-free” becomes a necessity, not just a choice. “Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity” is bound to affect almost all body tissues, including the skin, the stomach endocrine system, and even the brain.

It causes much more damage than gastrointestinal distress. The myriad of conditions and symptoms is broad, and testing is limited. Many are left misdiagnosed. You realise “gluten-free” is not just some fad diet to be flaunting at brunch break cafés.

When you are gluten sensitive, you cannot eat wheat rye or barley as your body cannot absorb the protein from any of these grains. A possible cross contamination [6] leaves many avoiding oats as well. Avoiding these grains is one way, but they their way into various processed foods and avoiding them totally takes skills of label reading and constant vigilance.

The only way to tell if you are gluten sensitive is by fully eliminating it from your daily diet.

Let go of embracing dough of life? All of these lists of what not to eat leaving you startled? The question is what you can eat now.

To get started launch with the most common foods known to be gluten free.

Top 10 Gluten-Free Foods You Cannot Miss

1. Fruits and vegetables

    Fruits and vegetables need to be a top priority of any diet. They are more crucial if you happen to have Celiac Disease. Make sure they are fresh fruit and vegetable and no canned or packaged and prepared for convenience.

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    Low in fat, calories and sodium delivering mineral and vitamins varieties , fruits and vegetables are great antioxidant sources. Also rich in fiber, they help to lower cholesterol levels keeping you full.

    2. Meat

      Meat is safe provided you get it from a butcher and not prepackaged with possible gluten traces.

      3. Milk

        Regular milk that is not flavored or in the form of a milkshake is gluten free.

        4. Fish

          A great omega 3 fatty acid source like meat best bought fresh from a fish market-not pre-packaged.

          5. Yogurt

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            Plain yogurt is best but if you want flavor, make sure to read the package for ingredients.

            6. Cheese

              Make sure to check packaging prior to consumption. However, cheese should be safe for the most part.

              7. Rice

                Rice is gluten-free except for repackaged flavored rice.

                8. Salt and pepper

                  These are safe ingredients.

                  9. Grains without gluten

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                    Besides rice other gluten-free, starchy products are :

                    Cassava, Beans, Quinoa, Sorghum, Buckwheat, Soy, Flaxseed, Arrowroot, Chia, and Nut. Do check all labels. Keep in mind that cross contamination is possible if these items were prepared with gluten products.

                    10. Beverages

                      Be aware that beers ales, lagers, and malt drinks do contain gluten. Avoid those. Spirits and wines are gluten free. Hard liquor has precise distilling process making it safe as well.

                      There you go. Let go of the strain of what to eat. Many alternatives, as well as foods, are free of gluten naturally.

                      Bonus: Gluten-Free Recipe – Rissotto Soup

                      Let us launch into the gluten free motion with with a springtime relishing recipe of a ‘Risotto soup [7]’ delight

                        Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 cups chopped onion, 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind,3/4 cup Arborio rice or other short-grain rice, 3 (14 1/2-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, 2 cups (1-inch) sliced asparagus (about 1 pound),2 cups coarsely chopped spinach, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg,1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

                        Procedure:

                        1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
                        2. Add onion; sauté 2 minutes.
                        3. Add lemon rind; sauté 2 minutes.
                        4. Add rice; sauté 3 minutes.
                        5. Stir in broth, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes.
                        6. Stir in asparagus, spinach, and nutmeg; cook, uncovered, 2 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender.
                        7. Top each serving with cheese. Serve immediately.

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                        Last Updated on December 13, 2018

                        12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

                        12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

                        Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

                        A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

                        1. Eat Before Heading Out

                        First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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                        2. Select The Treats

                        Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

                        3. Avoid Skipping Meals

                        Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

                        4. Drink With Moderation

                        It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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                        5. Be Active

                        You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

                        6. Get Out Of The House

                        Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

                        7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

                        Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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                        8. Set Realistic Goals

                        You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

                        9. Enjoy Yourself

                        Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

                        10. Drink A Lot Of Water

                        This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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                        11. Eat Less And More Often

                        Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

                        12. Prioritize Your Workouts

                        Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

                        So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

                        Happy Holidays everyone!

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